Find Answers to Your Questions About Foot Care and Injury Prevention

Our Palm Desert podiatry team fields questions daily. Do you have a question about how to manage your foot pain? Do you have a question about the safety of a current footwear fad? Do you want to know more about foot and ankle injury prevention? If so, we hope you find the answers you need here.

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  • Do I need surgery for a Heel Bone Fracture?

    If you have a heel bone fracture, it may require surgery, but not always. It depends on the severity of the injury.  If it is a small fracture, you may only need a cast, but if it’s a more serious break, a surgical procedure will likely be required. Typically this entails inserting a metal plate with screws to correct the alignment of the bone. 

    Through use of x-rays, your podiatrist will be able to evaluate your injury and recommend an appropriate treatment option. Whether surgery or not, you will have to stop all weight-bearing activities until the bone has time to heal.

    If you are suffering from a heel bone fracture, call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment today.  Our office is located in Palm Desert CA, or you can visit us online. A break in your heel bone can be debilitating, but with our help you’ll be back on your feet before you know it.

  • When should I use Ice after an injury?

    Ice therapy should be used during the first 72 hours following an injury.  If you have poor circulation, diabetes or other medical conditions that would make using ice dangerous do not use ice without speaking to your doctor.


    After an injury, ice will be used to decrease the inflammation and swelling to the area.  Do not put ice directly on the skin, but you should have a towel between the ice and the area you are applying the ice to.  You can leave the ice on for 15 minutes per hour for the first few hours then may apply ice every 2-3 hours after that.


    Rest and elevation along with compression may also help.

  • Why do I have a bump on my arch?

    If you have noticed a bump on your arch about midway on your foot, you may have a benign growth called a plantar fibroma. The plantar fascia ligament inside your foot can grow an extra cell mass that is visible as a small lump and can be felt and seen under your arch. It is believed to be hereditary, but no gene for it has been identified.

    If it hurts when you put pressure on your foot, try icing to relieve the pain. Other things such as cysts, nerve tumors, or scar tissue can also cause a lump, so come in and let Harvey R. Danciger, DPM diagnose the exact reason for your symptoms. We can design a custom orthotic that removes pressure from the area or use laser therapy to reduce your pain. Stop wondering, “What is this bump on my arch?” Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment on our website.

  • What are symptoms of a stress fracture in the forefoot?

    Stress fractures develop over time.  They are not typically the result of an injury.  Most stress fractures result from an increase in activity level, either from increasing the intensity or duration of exercise or by starting a program and doing too much too soon after being inactive.


    Stress fractures of the metatarsals are commonly seen and may start as an aching in the forefoot area.  Not so bad when you get up but increases in pain and discomfort as the day goes on.  The foot will tend to swell during the day also.  In the morning you may not notice the foot swollen at all, but as you are on your foot the swelling increases and so does the pain.  You may not be able to see the tendons going into the toes due to swelling.  The pain may progress from an annoying ache to a sharp pain, even though you can put weight and walk on the foot.


    Early diagnosis is important to get you back on your feet and activities as soon as possible.  Give us a call and let us help you get back to exercising as soon as possible.

  • Can an injury cause nerve damage to my feet or legs?

    Injuries can be a cause of nerve damage to the foot or leg.  Ankle sprains, foot injuries, knee injuries can cause damage to the nerves and at times a nerve compression.  You may feel funny sensations, tingling, pins and needles, or numbness days, weeks or months after the injury.  It is important to make sure there is no compression on the nerves or the problem may become worse or permanent.

    Our office deals with nerve problems and offers different treatment options depending on the cause.

  • Why do I get corns?

    A corn is a thick, hardened area of skin that forms on areas that are experiencing extra pressure, rubbing, or friction. Corns are a common problem that actually develop as a form of defense to protect your skin.

    A corn is usually found on an area of direct pressure, and the tops of your toes often fall victim. Soft corns can be found between your toes. If your feet are normal and healthy, your corns are likely from wearing tight fitting shoes that squeeze your feet. Most often, this foot problem occurs due to an underlying bone problem or abnormality. Eliminating the source of friction is usually the first step in treating corns, but a structural problem or deformity may need to be treated as well to keep corns from recurring.

    For diagnosis and treatment of corns, call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108, and make an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger.

  • Can lasers help reduce the pain from gout?

    The Cutting Edge laser can absolutely help with decreasing the pain from gout.  It is a non- invasive treatment and can help decrease the pain and swelling from gouty attacks.  Gout can be extremely painful in the acute stages and this form of therapy can help reduce the pain and swelling of the affected joints.


    Visit Harvey R. Danciger, DPM for relief of gouty attacks.  He has been treating patients with gout effectively for many years.   (760) 568-0108

  • Did I fracture my sesamoid?

    The sesamoids are two pea-sized bones located on the bottom of the big toe joint in the ball of the foot. They are actually embedded within a tendon and serve as “pulleys” so the big toe can move normally.

    When the sesamoids or surrounding tendons become irritated and inflamed, the condition is called sesamoiditis. These bones are also vulnerable to fracture. Immediate pain and swelling underneath your big toe joint after a direct blow could mean you have a sesamoid fracture. Longstanding pain in this same area that comes and goes with activity and rest may indicate a stress fracture that has developed over time.

    If you have these symptoms, we will most likely need to do an X-ray or other imaging to confirm a true fracture. If that is the diagnosis, we have several conservative treatment options to help resolve your pain and ensure the injury does not happen again. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM with any concerns or more information at (760) 569-0108.

  • Can tingling in the feet be temporary?

    Yes it is possible.  When there is pressure on the nerve, which can occur when you cross your legs for an extended period of time, this can cause the nerve to cause pins and needles or tingling or numbness when you get up on your foot.  When the pressure is relieved, the symptoms may go away and be temporary.  Full sensation may return.


    If the pressure becomes constant or prolonged, the symptoms may increase and become a troublesome situation.


    If you are having funny sensations in your feet or legs come into the office for an examination and evaluation of your nerves which could be affecting you.  Dr. Danciger can evaluate the different nerves of the lower extremities and determine which, if any are causing the problem.  760-568-0108

  • Are my child’s feet normal?

    There are a few conditions that may cause problems for your kids. Clubfoot is a common deformity that is present at birth and requires varying levels of treatment depending on its severity. Feet are turned inward at the ankle, resembling the head of a golf club, but when treatment is applied early, your child should not have ongoing problems.

    Other problems are toes that point inwards at birth (possible metatarsus adductus) or during the walking stage, when it could be indicative of an intoeing problem. Your child’s feet will look flat—which is normal because arches develop later on—but you will want to monitor their feet should they remain flat. Another genetic problem is overlapping toes, and this requires intervention before the toe becomes stiff and rigid.

    If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s foot health or development, contact Harvey R. Danciger DPM for diagnosis. If treatment is necessary, our caring staff will tailor a plan for your child’s feet. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108. 

  • How come my new shoes felt fine in the store but hurt at home?

    Shoe salesman can play some tricks on the unsuspecting customer.  If they do not have your size in the store, they can bring you a shorter, wider shoe that may feel ok in the store, but when you wear them at home or out and about, you notice they do not feel good and hurt.  They can cause irritation to your feet as well.  This has been a common finding when our patients bring in their shoes for us to evaluate.


    Don’t be fooled anymore.  Learn how to fit your shoes properly and avoid these problems.  Take control of your feet. Call us for further information (760) 568-0108

  • Can I walk after bunion surgery?

    Most bunion surgeries are done as an outpatient procedure.  There are many surgeries where you can walk the same day, either using a post op shoe or a walking cast boot.  Some bunion, or hallux abducto valgus, surgeries do require you to be non-weight bearing so you may need to use crutches or a roll about walker for a period of time.


    The type and severity of the bunion determine which procedure will need to be performed and the post op care needed.


    For further information call Harvey R. Danciger, DPM in Palm Desert, CA at 760-568-0108.

  • Do I need to suffer with bunions?

    The answer is no.  If conservative care is not giving you enough relief from the pain, deformity and irritation of bunions, then surgery may be an option for you.  There are many different procedures available for bunion surgery, depending on what is found during the physical examination and x-ray studies.  This will determine the best procedure for you.


    Call Dr. Danciger to see if you can benefit from surgery on your bunion problems.  We are here to get you back on your feet and active again.

  • What injuries can be caused by underpronation?

    Our feet are designed to have a normal degree of pronation, which is when the foot rolls inward slightly with each step. Underpronation, which is also called supination, is a condition in which the foot does not roll in enough. This causes a small area on the outside of your foot to bear the majority of your weight and stress each time your foot strikes the ground. It is a minor adjustment in your gait, but it can lead to stress on your lower extremities and possible injuries. The extra stress on the foot from this condition can cause conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome, stress fractures, shin splints, metatarsalgia, and muscle strains and sprains.

    The best way to tell if you have this foot condition is having a gait analysis to get an accurate understanding of your walking style and foot structure. Footwear choices and orthotics are effective treatment options for preventing injuries. If you are concerned about pronation or have unexplained foot pain, contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM at (760) 568-0108. 

  • What are some of the symptoms of nerve damage from diabetes?

    The most common symptom of nerve damage in diabetes is one of numbness.  People also may complain of burning, tingling, shooting sensations, loss of balance, prickling sensations, pins and needles and a feeling of cold.  These can be worse at night or there can be no change during the day.


    Numbness can cause people with diabetes to develop an ulcer on their feet or legs and may result in an amputation due to the lack of feeling and sensitivity.  This is a serious complication of diabetic neuropathy.


    Oftentimes there may be a nerve compression situation in the lower extremities compounding the neuropathy symptoms.  These need to be evaluated and addressed in the treatment plans as well.


    If you are having any symptoms described above, see Dr. Harvey Danciger for a discussion of different treatment options. 

  • Are all skin problems on the feet Athlete's Foot?

    The answer is no.  Athlete's Foot, or tinea pedis, is a condition that is common on the foot and in between the toes.  There may be redness, scaling, itching, blisters, fissures associated with this problem.  It is caused by a fungus and needs to be treated with antifungal medication not antibiotics.


    All of the symptoms noted above can be caused from other diseases which are treated differently than tinea pedis.  Various types of dermatitis can present with the same symptoms.  Contact dermatitis can mimic this.  Psoriasis can have similar features.  Eczematous dermatitis can as well.


    It is important to have a definite diagnosis for treatment.  At times a biopsy is needed to determine the exact disease process.


    If you are suffering with these problems, come see Harvey Danciger, DPM for care.  We are located in Palm Desert, California.  760-568-0108

  • How does laser therapy help my heel pain?

    Heel pain can develop due to strain on your foot or an injury such as plantar fasciitis. With laser treatment, a light beam is targeted directly on the affected tissue. The laser helps to reduce pain and inflammation, accelerates tissue repair, reduces scar tissue, closes wounds and improves nerve function. There is no pain or discomfort during or after the procedure. It may take three to four treatments before a decrease of symptoms are fully felt, however most patients feel a difference after the first or second treatment.  Six treatments are needed.

    Any type of foot pain or discomfort can be frustrating and limiting when it comes to carrying out daily activities. At Harvey R. Danciger, DPM our main goal is to help patients live without foot pain. We strive to offer the best state-of-the-art treatments available. If you have heel pain, our laser therapy is fast and effective at resolving symptoms.

    Contact us today if you have been experiencing heel pain—our laser treatment may be right option for you. Call our office at (760) 568-0108. 

  • What are treatments for tingling in the feet?

    Treatment for tingling in the feet first requires a proper diagnosis thru an examination and questioning on your medical health.  This helps to make an accurate diagnosis so treatment can be done.  If the peripheral nerve cells have not been destroyed, there is the possibility they have the capability to regenerate.

    Many of the acquired causes of neuropathy can be improved with treatment.  Treatments for diabetics include good control of blood sugar; people with vitamin deficiencies can benefit with vitamin supplements.  Smoking should be stopped and exercise programs should be instituted.  If the cause is from nerve compression(s), then surgery to decompress the nerves is needed.

    For help with the symptoms of neuropathy, see Palm Desert Podiatrist Harvey R. Danciger, DPM.  You can make an appointment on line or call 760-568-0108

  • Do I need surgery for a heel bone fracture?

    The heel bone (calcaneus) plays a very important role and a heel bone fracture can be quite serious and painful. It usually occurs from a high-energy impact or collision—a car crash, severe fall, or even a certain movement in a sports game. Swelling, bruising, pain, and an inability to walk on the injured foot are symptoms of a possible fracture.

    Surgery is usually avoidable if the pieces of broken bone have not been displaced. In this case, a cast or other form of immobilization can be used to keep the bones in place while healing. If the broken bones have shifted out of their normal position or the fracture is open and at risk for infection, surgery is often necessary. The type of surgical procedure will be dictated by the extent of your injury, and a more severe injury usually requires a longer recovery period.

    If you suspect a fracture in your foot, don’t wait—call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.

  • What does it mean if I have a compressed nerve?

    If you have had numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in an area there is a possibility that you have a compressed nerve. This means there is extra pressure being put on a nerve in your body. All of these symptoms can result when a nerve is compressed or pinched—sometimes called nerve entrapment. Pressure created by trauma-induced swelling, tight shoes, fractures, bone spurs, benign tumors, and certain deformities can compress a nerve.

    Nerves that travel through narrow places and don’t have enough tissue to guard them are most vulnerable to being compressed. In some cases, a compressed nerve can lead to symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, and without treatment can lead to further swelling, pressure, and scarring. Do not wait to contact Dr. Harvey Danciger if you have tingling, numbness or pain in your foot. We can evaluate your condition, determine the cause, and provide you with effective treatment to relieve your symptoms. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108, or request an appointment online